Sunday, July 29, 2012

Fwd: Things to Know - 29 July

Jeff Danziger
1.  This article comes very close to truth about why Mitt Romney is so unlikable.  He has spent probably millions for his wife to have a horse compete at the Olympic level.  When questioned on national TV about the subject, he does a very poor job about not knowing anything about the sport, and how he really does not know when the competition happens.  Like he wants to completely distance himself from appearing to be close to something called "Dressage", and its proximity to the wealthy 1% who are the only ones who can afford it.   Mitt comes across, again, as a phony - and that is his problem.   Just like he does not want anyone to know about his tax returns:

2.  While MItt was kicking his wife under the horse ballet bus, he was out hob-knobbing with the LIBOR scandal-ridden bankers and collecting checks from them for his campaign.  Either he has no same, he is stupid, or totally lacking in common sense - or is a mixture of all above:

3.  Thom Hartmann fills us in on a few interesting stories on what would otherwise be a slow weekend for news:

4.  Drew Westen offers a plausibile cause if Obama should lose the election.  He did not capitalize on opportunities that were presented to him at key times.  It isn't that the Republicans or Romney have anything going for them:

5.  Maureen Dowd does a great job in analyzing Mitt's latest gaffes in London.  He can't help it; he's programmed himself to be like that:

6.  As a result of the Supreme Court decision on ACA, some states will view the option to join in and expand Medicaid will see it as an option to bail out on it, and thereby leave millions without any healthcare.   So who gets stuck? - charities, institutions, and the taxpayer:


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